A Banquet of Consequences : Inspector Lynley

  • by Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: Inspector Lynley
  • 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best-selling author's award-winning series returns with another stunning crime drama featuring Scotland Yard members Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers.
The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit, and murder.
The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy, and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?
After various career-threatening issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with a best-selling feminist writer and her pushy personal assistant gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime.
Full of shocks, intensity, and suspense from beginning to end, A Banquet of Consequences reveals both Lynley and Havers under mounting pressure to solve one of the most complex cases they have ever encountered.


What the Critics Say

"Definitely a literary force to be reckoned with." (Suspense magazine)
"It's tough to resist George's storytelling, once hooked." (USA Today)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Please retire John Lee!

Would you consider the audio edition of A Banquet of Consequences to be better than the print version?

No, the awful narration ruins the book.

What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

Can't explain why his voice is so irritating.

Any additional comments?

If it weren't for health issues, I would have read the print version. I enjoy Elizabeth George.

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- Bardy

Struggled, skipped chapters, etc

What disappointed you about A Banquet of Consequences?

Plot was dull. Narrative was over-written / often contrived. "Motive" for the murder was awful. Characters were two dimensional.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

Not sure, but if John Lee narrates - NO! His reading style is stilted and halting, and there is a sense that he has no sense of the characters or of what he is reading. He creates NO atmosphere. It's quite off-putting. I kept wondering if it would have been better to listen to this book with a different narrator. John Lee is a narrator who I avoid - yet authors often select him. When I see he is narrating a book, I skip it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

I would have selected Sean Barrett, Steven Crossley, Simon Vance, Alex Jennings and others of that level.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Annoyance. Impatience.

Any additional comments?

Not sure if there is more E. George can wring out of these characters...

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- B. C. Cook

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio